Populations

By the end of 2017, the total population of concern to UNHCR stood at 71.4 million people. This included people who have been forcibly displaced (refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced persons) and those who have found a durable solution (returnees), as well as stateless persons, most of whom have never been forcibly displaced. Therefore, this categorization is different from the 68.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide – a figure that includes refugees and other displaced people not covered by UNHCR’s mandate, and excludes other categories such as returnees and stateless people.

Currently, year-end statistics for 2012 – 2017 are available below and on the operation’s landing page. 

Population Trend Chart

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Last update: 19-JUN-2017
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Population Figures by Type

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ALL POPULATIONS OF CONCERN BY REGION
Africa
24,213,204
Americas
9,917,124
Asia and the Pacific
9,465,242
Europe
11,060,117
Middle East and North Africa
16,783,819
Total71,439,506
Last update: 19-JUN-2017